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ID:624 Ova, cysts and parasites (OCP) from samples other than faeces
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DescriptionA variety of samples such as tissues, biopsies, hydatid cyst and pus from abscesses, CSF, bile, duodenal/jejunal aspirates, sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage can be examined for parasites. Suspected whole worms or segments of Tapeworm may also be submitted for identification
Indication For examination of stool samples for OCP; see tests and tubes ‘Ova, cysts and parasites (OCP) from faeces ‘ For examination of urine for parasites; see tests and tubes ‘Urine for Schistosomiasis’ Sputum from the lower respiratory tract expectorated by deep coughing is required. When the cough is dry, physiotherapy, postural drainage or inhalation of an aerosol before expectoration may be helpful.
Additional InfoIt is important to include sufficient clinical details and travel history with the submitted sample. This will not only aid in the diagnosis of parasites but will also protect the laboratory staff if a hazardous pathogen is suspected or indicated from the clinical information supplied
Concurrent TestsIf a worm or segment is reported as Taenia (Tapeworm) then this sample will be referred to the reference laboratory for speciation to differentiate between T.solium (Pork Tapeworm) or T.saginata(Beef Tapeworm)
Dietary Requirementsna
InterpretationReport presence or absence of parasites

DepartmentMicrobiology
SampleHydatid cyst, pus, CSF, bile, duodenal/jejunal aspirates, sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage, tissue/biopsies, worms
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Collection Conditions Submit whole collection of fluid in a sterile universal container Tissue/ biopsies; if specimen is small, place it in sterile water to prevent desiccation. If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable.
Min. VolSee Additional Requirements
Freq.up to 3 over 3 days

Ref. Range (Male)
Ref. Range (Female)
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TAT7 days
IP Routine TAT7 days
GP Acute TAT7 days
GP Routine TAT7 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.

Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster. Review due on 07/09/2019 09:35:23. Published By on 07/09/2018 09:35:23.